Par­ties' elec­tion man­i­festo just dis­tribut­ing dreams

People's Review - - FRONT PAGE - By Our Reporter

The po­lit­i­cal par­ties con­test­ing the up­com­ing elec­tions to the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives and the provin­cial as­sem­blies have made their elec­tion man­i­festos public in a bid to win the vot­ers' trust. But the man­i­festos ap­pear to be noth­ing more than a gim­mick to woo the in­no­cent vot­ers. The man­i­festos look so am­bi­tious that they can never be re­alised un­der the present lead­er­ship of the con­cerned par­ties. In their man­i­festo the left al­liance (UML and Maoist Unity-Cen­tre) has made prom­ise of in­creas­ing per capita in­come of Nepalis to Rs 500,000 within 10 years. Each Nepali earns about Rs 80,000 per an­num now. Nepali Congress has tar­geted to in­crease the per capita in­come to Rs 150,000 in five years. Such growth in the per capita in­come de­mands a min­i­mum an­nual in­cre­ment of 20 per­cent from the cur­rent rate of less than 10 per­cent, which is un­likely to achieve. The NC has stated to con­struct five in­ter­na­tional air­ports in the next 10 years while the Left Al­liance has promised to sail ships with Nepal's flag in the Pa­cific and In­dian Oceans. Like­wise, the left al­liance has pledged to op­er­ate trains in the Kath­mandu Val­ley in the next five years. When the lead­ers have failed to com­plete the road ex­pan­sion drive within the Katham­ndu Val­ley even in five years, peo­ple can­not be­lieve that a gov­ern­ment led by the same lead­ers can con­struct five new air­ports and rail­ways in 10 years! NC's man­i­festo en­vis­ages the na­tional econ­omy to

grow in size up to Rs 10 tril­lion in 10 years. The man­i­festo of the left al­liance also en­sures to il­lu­mi­nate the coun­try within three years by in­stalling trans­mis­sion line par­al­lel to the Push­palal High­way. Con­struc­tion and op­er­a­tion of Kar­nali, Gan­daki and Koshi cor­ri­dors also fig­ure in their man­i­festo. NC has said it would wel­come for­eign in­vest­ment in pro­duc­tive sec­tor amount­ing to around Rs 100 bil­lion to 500 bil­lion an­nu­ally and re­duce the pop­u­la­tion liv­ing un­der the poverty line to less than three per­cent. The list of such prom­ises con­tin­ues to spread false dreams among the peo­ple be­fore the elec­tions and the lead­ers will for­get them once the elec­tions are over.

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